CRUFC AGM, Dec 15
The AGM was held on 14th Dec, with 37 members in attendance. Here’s a brief review of the highlights.
Director of Rugby
Rowland Winter reported on community activities, where over 3,000 hours of coaching has been delivered to 35 schools and colleges. Partnerships have been enhanced with various local and national organisations.
On the playing side Mini & Youth is thriving with ever growing numbers, coaching improved pathways are being created. The 2nd XV now have a structured league to play in and feature more home grown talent than ever before. The Exiles have been renamed the 3rd team, now with a dedicated coach (Darren Messenger) and increasing numbers. As previously advertised Stef Liebenberg is now engaged as head coach of the Colts.
The 1st XV are obviously doing well having turned a corner this time last year, completing last season with 12 wins from the last 17 and currently 12 wins and 1 draw out of 14 this season.
Malcolm Watson reported on the changing room project. A good start has been made on raising the funding required (~£700K for phase 1) although we have a long way to go and will be asking the membership for help soon. The plan is to break ground immediately after the end of the 2016/17 season, and aim to be operational start of the 2017/18 season.
Malcolm also reported on the current status with kit/club shop suppliers, catering and bar arrangements.
Jimmy Dore presented the accounts for the 2014-15 season, which were approved by the AGM, along with approval to reappoint Price Bailey as auditors.
Highlights of the accounts are that turnover and gross profit both increased and operating surplus increased. This enabled us to service our various debt commitments. While well under control we still have a large amount of debt and hence a long term debt repayment plan. The biggest issue, given the seasonal nature of our income is cash-flow, particularly during the off season.
Alan Banks is standing down after several years of great service as president. Steve Bowller was elected as his replacement effective from the end of this season. Steve took time to thank Alan for his presidency, particularly holding the club together during our financial troubles a few seasons ago.
Adrian Carpenter and Jimmy Dore were re-elected as club secretary and treasurer respectively.
Before committee elections took place Malcolm thanked the many volunteers who help run numerous different aspects of the club. He invited anyone who has some time to spare to offer their services. This doesn’t necessarily mean joining the committee.
Malcolm particularly commended Rob Dean for his work in gaining sponsorships (a significant proportion of the club’s revenue), in addition to managing match day lunches.
Malcolm also thanked JJ Jeffrey, our departed chairman and Jeremy Cook and Paul Barker, both of whom have now left the committee.
Malcolm Watson, Rob Dean, Gordon Newbound, Adrian Fraser and Ross Jenyon we re-elected back onto the committee. There are several openings now on the committee, most notable for a chair of Mini & Youth.
There were no other AOB topics, other than to enjoy a beer amongst friends before departing.